Last Monday, Stephanie McMahon announced WWE Evolution. This would be the first ever all women PPV event in the history of the WWE. This is no doubt good for a number of reasons. I need not get into them, because everyone already knows what they are.
While I am no doubt excited to see what is in store at Evolution, there are a few questions I feel need to be asked. These are honest, legitimate questions that are being asked in pursuit of critical thinking.
Stephanie McMahon said that Evolution would feature 50 women from past, present, and future. How exactly do they plan on making that happen? Most PPVs don’t even get 50 competitors, period. Summerslam last year had 43 people, including managers and special guest referee Shane McMahon. Survivor Series that year had 48, again, including managers.
Realistically, how does WWE plan on having over 50 women compete at Evolution? First off, they only have 25 women on the main roster. Of course, this is easily fixed by calling up some NXT talent or bringing in old wrestlers. But it is not about the number of women in the roster. It’s how to have 50 people compete in one night. Will they have a battle royal? A Royal Rumble?
It will be interesting to see how WWE goes forward with this. Maybe they go NJPW-style and have a lot of tag team matches. Maybe the Smackdown Women’s Championship match will be an eight-pack challenge. Who knows? Only time will tell.
Between Summerslam and Evolution, there are 70 days. 10 episodes. A lot can happen in that time period. So who goes into Evolution with the gold?
All signs seem to be pointing towards both Alexa Bliss and Carmella losing their titles soon, possibly as early as Summerslam. I think that if Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch claim their respective titles at Summerslam, it will make for a more interesting event. But let’s assume that the two of them walk into Evolution as champions. Who can they face?
On Smackdown, there are only four people who could realistically challenge for the title right now, and they are all faces. I suppose a fatal four-way between Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Asuka, and Naomi wouldn’t be too bad. For Ronda, it’s less clear since there are a lot more credible people who could realistically earn a title match against her. Sasha Banks, Bayley, Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, Natalya, even. It’s not cut and dry yet.
When it was first revealed that Stephanie McMahon would be making a “historic announcement” on Raw, many people assumed that maybe there would be women’s tag team titles. That didn’t happen. It could still happen, though. WWE could make another historic announcement just for this.
A women’s tag team division does raise some concerns, though. With only 25 women on the main roster, there may not be enough depth for a proper division. Would this title be defended across all brands?
If there are going to be women’s tag team champions, it would be interesting to see who would become the first champion. Could it be Sasha Banks and Bayley? Or would it be the Iconics? So many possibilities.
A few big names have already been confirmed for WWE Evolution. Lita, Beth Phoenix, and Trish Stratus will be there. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bella Twins show up. Perhaps maybe even Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly, Molly Holly, and others show up as well. But what exactly will they do?
According to Wikipedia, there will be at least 4 championship matches. The finals of the Mae Young Classic will also take place at Evolution. What will the legends do? Will they fight for the titles? Will there be a 20-woman tag team elimination match billed as “Legends v. Newcomers” or something like that?
With so many possibilities and so much potential, Evolution will certainly be something worth keeping an eye on, that’s for sure.